Easter brunch is only a few days away. Have you made your plans yet? If not, a bevy of Chicago area options await:
BIN 36 (West Loop)
BIN 36 is hosting a brunch buffet - highlights including a make your own omelet bar, carved roast beef, artisanal cheese and prosciutto, ricotta blueberry pancakes and a variety housemade desserts and breads.
- Pricing: $48 for adults, children above 5. Alcoholic flights are $14.50 for four 3 oz. variations or individual drinks for $9. Kid drink flights are $4.
- Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bohemian House (River North)
Boho will be serving up Central European-inspired takes on your morning favorites. Guests will start by enjoying Czech Bread for the table, served alongside house honey butter. The main course presents a host of choices, including Bavarian Pancakes with whipped farmer’s cheese, poached plum and fresh meringue, Pork Schnitzel with sauerkraut, emmentaler cheese, fried duck egg and pork jus, Cured Salmon with meyer lemon marmalade, miner’s lettuce and crispy maitake mushrooms, Beef Collar Goulash, and more. Sides to accompany include the cult-favorite Grilled BoHo Bacon, Potato Pancakes, Rye Biscuits and Cucumber Mizeria Salad, to name a few. Guests can select three mains and three sides for the table. To end the experience: a round of Raspberry Kolackys. Of course no experience would be complete without a few drinks, and BoHo’s Build-Your-Own Mimosa Bar (…and regular bar) will be in full swing.
- Date: 10am to 3pm
- Cost: $35 per person
Carnivale (West Loop)
Carnivale, a Latin-fusion restaurant located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, celebrates Easter with seasonal favorites featuring their DIY Bloody Mary Bar, table-side Mimosa Kits, and live music provided by "Group Paz" on Sunday, April 16 from 10:30am to 3pm. The brunch will also include Carnivale dishes like - Banana Nutella French Toast - French toast stuffed with bananas and Nutella, topped with fresh whipped cream, brown butter, pineapple syrup, Chicken 'N Waffles - Cuban-Korean spiced crispy chicken, over waffles, served with chipotle maple syrup.
- Date: April 16 starting at 10:30am
- Cost: A la carte menu prices
CityGate Grille (Naperville)
To celebrate the holiday, CityGate Grille is once again offering guests a Easter Brunch with more than 25 breakfast and lunch options – complete with a special appearance from the Easter Bunny! Menu items include: mouthwatering French Toast with garnishes, Biscuits and Gravy, Chilled Seafood Platter with shrimp cocktail, oysters, bay scallops and smoked salmon, Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Baked Salmon with Lemon-Dill Cream and Wild Mushroom Risotto. To sweeten the day, the restaurant will offer a selection of desserts, including a decadent Chocolate Fountain with assorted dipping items and Fresh Baked Cookies. Reservations are required.
- Sunday, April 16; 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Adults $39.95; Kids $19.95; Five and under eat for free
Cucina Paradiso (Oak Park)
Step out on Sunday, April 16, for a buffet-style brunch. The spread includes morning favorites such as Muffins and Scones, Cinnamon French Toast with hazelnut chocolate and bourbon bananas, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Eggs Florentine, Vermont Maple Sausage, Scrambled Eggs with red peppers, zucchini and yellow squash, oven-roasted breakfast potatoes and more. Savory items such as Grilled Beef Tenderloin with wild mushrooms, Pan-seared Chicken Saltimbocca and Mini Burgers, to name a few, will surely hit-the-spot. Lighter items including a variety of salads like Caprese, Classic Caesar and Asparagus, round out the offerings. To sweetly top things off, a dessert bar will feature assorted Mini Pastries, Italian Butter Cookies and Biscotti. Coffee, hot tea, iced tea and fountain drinks are also included. Mimosas, Bloody Marys and bar offerings are available for purchase.
- 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Adults $29, $13 for kids 12 and under. Children under the age of 5 are free.
Dos Urban Cantina (Logan Square)
Let the culinary team at Logan Square’s Dos Urban Cantina take you on a journey to Baja this Easter. On Sunday, April 16th, Chef Brian Enyart will serve “Baja Brunch” specials, inspired by the region on Mexico known for its ocean fresh fish and local spices. Special offerings will include a Baja-style of fish tacos, as well as fresh seafood cócteles. The restaurant’s regular brunch menu will also be available, including Chilaquiles with fried eggs, salsa verde, crema, chihuahua cheese and cilantro, Concha French Toast with rhubarb, whipped cream and piloncillo syrup, as well as many others. Easter gifts for the kiddos will also be provided. If you are brunching at home, Pastry Chef Jennifer Jones will be making two different quiches that guests can pre-order for pick-up. Choose from the Choriqueso Quiche that includes chihuahua cheese and chorizo, or a Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche. Quiches cost $32 each and orders must be placed no later than Friday, 4/14.
- Hours: 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
El Tapeo (Oak Brook)
Known for its Spanish cuisine and selection of small plates and main courses for sharing, El Tapeo will offer a special blend of buffet items and à-la-carte presentations for Easter Brunch. Executive Chef Matthew Cappellini has created a special Easter Brunch menu with both buffet and à-la-carte options. The buffet offerings include a smoked salmon platter, assorted breakfast pastries, steel cut oats cooked in almond milk and vanilla bean, a charcuterie and cheese display, and more. The entrees, served à-la-carte, will include options such as the Iberico y Huevos Benedict, served with shaved Iberico ham, tomato jam, cheddar biscuit, poached eggs and black pepper hollandaise, and a Salmon Tortilla Espanola, made with a Smoked Scottish salmon omelet, tomatoes, dill, citrus, crème fraiche and herb roasted potatoes.
- Sunday, April 16; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Adults $9.95; Kids $19.95; Five and under eat for free
Fifolet (Wicker Park)
Add a little spice to your Easter weekend this year with a special holiday brunch at Fifolet Cajun & Cocktails. On Sunday, April 16th the New Orleans-style restaurant and bar will be serving their regular a la carte brunch menu plus a few limited edition dishes from Executive Chef Kevin Crouse. Highlights will include: Braised Rabbit & Eggs, Crawfish Lasagna, Shrimp Creole Scramble, Johnny Cakes, Fried Alligator Hash and Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding.
Round out your meal with a glass or two of rosé, which will be on special for $7. Mimosas, Bellinis and Cajun Bloody Mary’s garnished with a Housemade Celery Salt, Baby Corn, Poached Pearl Onion, Andouille Sausage Stick, Pickled Celery Root and Lemon will also be available all day long.
GT Fish & Oyster (River North)
A three course pre fixe menu featuring chicken and waffles, crab benedict and shrimp & grits. Monkey bread, crepe cake, country potatoes and bacon are served for the table.
- Pricing: $45 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under, free for children 3 and under. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in the price.
- Hours: 10:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Italian Village Restaurants (University Village)
Stop by The Village for a traditional Easter feast inspired by the flavors of Northern Italy, with options including:
- Spring Roast Leg of Lamb (stuffed with minced garlic and fresh herbs, sliced, natural jus) served with garlic redskin based potatoes or grilled asparagus
- Baked Bone-In Virginia Ham (tender oven baked ham with pineapple glaze) served with garlic redskin mashed potatoes and mixed seasonal vegetables
- Date: April 16 starting at 11am
- Cost: $21.95/person
J. Parker (Lincoln Park)
Starting on Good Friday, J. Parker will be hiding Easter eggs throughout their rooftop location, along with passing them out to guests of Hotel Lincoln, filled with coupons to use that weekend at the J. Parker. Coupons could be 10% off the bill or 2 for one mimosas.
Nico Osteria (Gold Coast)
Four course pre fixe menu featuring including a variety of pastries and your choice from a wide selection of antipasti, piatti, and dessert. The menu features inspired Italian dishes including antipasti like burrata, stuffed apple pancakes (pancetta, brown sugar, lemon), and main course options like spring lamb hash, lobster scramble, and fried chicken
- Pricing: $70 per person. Beverages, tax and gratuity
- Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Nellcote (West Loop)
Nellcote will present a special menu featuring brand new brunch-worthy additions to their regular weekend brunch menu. Sweet selections include a Pastry Plate with an assortment of housemade muffins, sticky buns, as well as scones for sharing, and from the savory side expect Pan Perdu with housemade brioche, vanilla poached oranges, vanilla Chantilly and rhubarb ‘crème anglaise. The restaurant will also serve Nellcote’s classic mid-day favorites, like margherita and sunny-side up pizzas with crusts made from local heritage wheat milled exclusively in house.
- Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.